All programming delivered by DirecTV is digital and requires a digital converter anyway. They don't charge extra for local HD channels, so it will have no impact on your bill.
Originally Posted by ledgerat /forum/post/12883880
So, a cable/satellite provider can offer a channel they receive as HD, in a non-HD format, if they choose to (and the broadcaster agrees, i assume).
Just as an aside, I currently do not pay DirectTV the $10 HD Access Fee and I get my local channels on my HR-20
Not exactly. Technically, it would be you that is choosing the non-HD format by not getting HD capable equipment.
Originally Posted by ledgerat /forum/post/12883002
... wouldn't a satellite/cable service (that gives you local channels) have to send them along in the same format or can they legally drop quality to just "plain" digital?
Originally Posted by ledgerat /forum/post/12884792
Then, from what you know, is cardiacarrest accurate, that as long as I have their HD receiver (and a shiny new HDTV), that I should get the locals HD without paying an additional monthly HD access fee?
Originally Posted by ledgerat /forum/post/12886295
Thats very debatable IMO....at least in the sense of this.....currently I can get all my locals analog...even if a little fuzzy...or pay for cable/satellite, get a basic package, get my locals and some others..much better quality of image.
Next year...based on where I am in relation to the broadcast towers...surrounding hills and structures, etc.....I may get little to no OTA channels (I hope I'm wrong and they will all still come in)....many many people in the US will be in the same boat. Choices: Get my converter box and pay additional for an external antenna and labor to mount it.......get cable (not available to me)...or basic satellite. Either way its gonna cost more than it does right now....not really "free" next year...not gonna be the same options....gonna cost a lot of people something....not a good timing for the transition, if a recession hits....gonna possibly be lots of upset people.
Originally Posted by ncxcstud /forum/post/12893015
it sounds like the OP is confused....HD signals are digital, but digital signals do not have to be HD quality...